Recent News and Updates
Governor DeWine stated in his April 30, 2020, briefing that the stay at home order would be extended with certain exceptions. The Order instructs Ohioans to stay home (except to participate in activities and business operations as permitted in the Order) and provides for continued compliance with the previously implemented six-foot social distancing mandate. Under the new order, some businesses are permitted to reopen so long as workplace safety standards are met.
Sponsored by the Medina County Chamber of Commerce, Critchfield's Dan Calvin and Krista Wasowski, the Medina County Health Commissioner, presented a webinar discussing the most recent guidance from the CDC, OHSA, and the Responsible RestartOhio Guidelines.
On Monday, April 27, 2020, Governor DeWine outlined his plans to begin gradually reopening the State’s economy. As part of that plan he set forth the “COVID-19 Responsible Protocols,” which included a new requirement that all employees must wear face coverings/masks while at work. It also required that retail companies require their customers to wear masks when they were at their store.Less than a day later, in response to significant push back from several constituencies, the State nixed the requirement to wear masks and instead made it a strong recommendation that employees and customers wear masks.
On Monday, April 27, 2020, Governor DeWine outlined his plans to begin gradually reopening the State's economy, referring to it as "Responsible Restart Ohio." The details plan is outlined in attorney Eric Michener's post.
In recent days OSHA has continued to provide guidance to employers and OSHA's own Area Offices on OSHA enforcement priorities during the COVID-19 outbreak. This client alert discusses several OSHA memos issued during the month of April and its ramifications for employers.
On March 13, 2020, President Trump issued an emergency declaration under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While federal, state, and local governments have taken unprecedented action to combat the economic consequences of the pandemic, an existing provision in the tax code (Section 139) may also provide needed relief to the country.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security ("CARES") Act includes a provision to assist "reimbursing employers" by covering one-half of the cost of unemployment coverage. Most nonprofit organizations are contributing employers and pay state unemployment taxes.
In an effort to guide employers and employees through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Government has passed various pieces of legislation. This post will focus specifically on how the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) affect various nonprofit organizations.
In an effort to aid the nearly 950,000 small businesses within the State of Ohio during the current COVID-19 health crisis, Lt. Governor Jon Husted has announced the creation of the Office of Small Business Relief.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has turned our world upside down in many ways and caused countless instances of business loss of income, ranging from minor inconveniences to complete shutdowns of businesses. Many impacted businesses likely have insurance coverage for losses variously called “Business Interruption," “Business Income” or similar terms. No doubt, they are wondering, will that coverage apply to a loss of income due to being impacted by the State orders which have caused them to reduce or completely cease business operations. There is no clear answer to this and the answer ultimately will depend upon the language in the relevant insurance policy. The likely answer, however, is that it will be very difficult to make a successful claim.